According to a report by News Limited this morning, irate viewers called ABC to complain about the song and talkback radio had also been inundated with comments.
But Taylor said he was not aware of a large number of complaints.
“As of 10 minutes ago, there had only been six official calls to the ABC [about the song], and three were to say congratulations,” he said.
“The song was intending to make a point about people who are flawed in life who are disproportionately hailed as saints in death.
I thought there was also more than a little underlining of just how our defamation laws constrain comment while people we privately think are [insert epithet here] are still living. (This is not to say that defamation suits shouldn’t exist for the defence of reputations, just that they are known to have been overused by certain litigious personalities. There aren’t that many people who want to end up paying for the latest household renovations of those we excoriate.)
For those of you who missed it, the video is after the cut. Fair warning: the lyrics are definitely Not Safe For Some Workplaces.